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Not for me

So I realize this is a very weird time for me, personally, financially, professionally, etc. Everything is changing at once!

So I decided a few days ago that my chosen career is not for me. I have felt that since before I started it. I recall applying for the job but when it was offered to me, asking to work for them as a consultant. I got convinced to give up the consulting idea, despite some success as a consultant the previous few years and enjoyment of the “project” type of work and just take the job. As a security seeking person going to the first real job after graduate school, I compromised my insides and took the job.

Mistake. One of a long list of them where I listened to external voices and “reason” instead of my gut. Went WRONG every time (including my marriage, decisions to buy property, staying married, getting fat, etc). DO NOT MAKE THIS MISTAKE YOURSELF PLEASE! LISTEN TO YOU!

So I have actually been making good progress on some projects–writing, business development, entrepreneurial, etc recently and feel bouyed by this. They feel like the right thing to do and I am excited by the idea of them (I’m up at 6:27 AM blogging to ya’ll ain’t I?). It’s growth and in the right way–aligned with my own truths. IMPORTANT!

But it was funny, yesterday I was approached by someone on FaceBook…and no it wasn’t a muslce “perv” about something called the “90 day challenge”. She asked if I was interested in helping with this. I didn’t know what it was but she has always seemed cool on FB so I said sure (and she still is cool thus far). So she called me and we chatted about training and such and then I asked about the Challenge and how I could help. In talking to her before asking this I talked about my coaching and how I found that weight loss is 100% mental, our bodies are simply reflections of how we feel and what we think of ourselves–how much we sweat and what we eat is WAY secondary actually.

Anyway, she began to tell me about a MLM (multi level marketing) business which sells shakes and supplements (I think, I’m still not totally clear, but I haven’t gone through all the materials yet) for weight loss. I’m skeptical of this business model of course, but I listen. I’m in this place where I want to leave corporate life and do my own thing and the Universe has been leading me to many supports and opportunities so I was remaining open to see if this was one of them…but still skeptical.

The information seemed useful and interesting and non-offensive. The territory in NJ is pretty open still. I listened and watched videos and a few things struck me: #1–one guy said he liked the company because they were the only one to talk about why the diet and fitness industry “doesn’t really want people to lose weight” (I’ve been saying this for YEARS!). Gimmicks won’t get you there…changing your mindset and behavior will! #2–the people for the most part in the videos did look smaller but they still looked like HELL! Diet alone won’t get it sweetheart! #3–I am a believer in eating food. Shakes are good as “supplements” not as regular meal replacements and getting one meal a day (plus two shakes and 3 snacks) wasn’t working for me and how I know my body works best. I know that when my (and your) body is ready it can lose weight eating a variety of types of foods.

I didn’t get to the entry price directly but indirectly I guess it looked reasonable ($499?). I looked up on line the company and the reviews seemed to indicate that it is not a scam according to top reviews. Hmmm. Still skeptical but listening. As I read the positive reviews…and was blocked (Universe? Protecting me again?) from going to the next website with additional information…I was thinking it is possible for the company to manipulate this by putting positive evaluations of their company highest in search engine lists…control of searching is a HUGE power and people who do this for a living know this. I thought it but put it aside for the moment.

The materials did reveal one important thing. One reviewer said that “people often fail at these things because they don’t take it for what it is…a business”. I found this to be a deep insight and useful for my own thinking generally. Business mindset is one I’m still developing.

So we went on talking and she said she’d find me a local meeting to go to and send the working links to my FB inbox. It’s the day before Thanksgiving so I was ready to go anyway and said I’d look for these things. I was still positively impressed…mostly by her (she TRAINS HARD!). Anyway I went along with my modest turkey day preparations and she sent me a text reminding me about some aspect of what she was selling and it irritated me a tiny bit as “hello?” I am (along with the rest of America) prepping for Thanksgiving right now, not thinking about next steps with the company. I texted this back and she backed off. I wasn’t rude I don’t think, but still…

Anyhoo, I woke up in the middle of the night as my son is with me right now and we share my little double bed and he is BIG and a BAD SLEEPER so I was UP! I was poking around FaceBook and noticed she had sent me additional materials about signing up on Thanksgiving and getting free shipping for the product. Annoyed. Ignored. I happened to look at the sidebar of my FB page and it had “Your message from God today” and “Daily Horoscope”. Since I had already gotten my message from God, I clicked horoscope. This is what it said:

“You would be wise to avoid financial risks at the moment. You may be tempted to invest in the latest get rich quick scheme, but don’t. As you know, usually the only people making money off these schemes are those who thought them up. If you’re a bettor, it would serve you well to lay off betting for today, or at least don’t bet heavily on a long shot.”

I HAD TO LAUGH AT THAT! Was it on time? Of course it was as that’s when God and the Universe deliver…on time…if you pay attention. I’m listening. I’m paying attention! That (or any) MLM is not for me.

I did enjoy another great insight into myself however–I have significant internal resistance to marketing of this type–now it wasn’t high pressure (at least at first) at all and I respect the women who are doing it and I hope it works well for them (who doesn’t want a black BMW at level two? Me actually, I prefer Mercedes Benz–powder blue with cream interior, but that’s another story), but as I said it’s not for me. But this marketing thing was important. I started this blog with my invention of the IMP–earbud belt that “solves tangled earbud problems”. I went through R and D (at my own expense), design work, figuring out manufacturing in China even and then stalled on packaging and marketing. I have about 4000 pieces in my office right now that need packaging and marketing! Can you say resistance and stumbling block? I still believe in the solution and vow to overcome this resistance and get it to market (if only to sell those 4000 pieces I have cluttering my office (and life)! Vow!

Back to my reaction to the marketing, I hold it in such contrast to what I’ve learned from Dr. Joe Vitale (and again VOW to follow) and seen from an upcoming event at my gym “Muscle Camp“. The Muscle Camp example is interesting because it is offered and consistently mentioned in the gym, website and FB page, but that’s it. It shows the benefits (pro bodybuilders, workshops, lunch, t-shirt, positive benefits) without hitting you over the head. Either this speaks to you and you want to attend…or you don’t. Joe Vitale speaks of this too marketing something you love to people who are interested in it. It’s not a hard sell, it’s providing what is wanted to people who want it and feel glad to get it.

Anyway, I learned all that from that one afternoon and evening experience! Woot!

Dr. Alissa (the inventrix)

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November 25, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment